Coalition Member Spotlight: Fall 2015

Dynamic Duo: Jessica Wong & Cendee Palmer

What made you decide to become a part of PFC?

J: I learned about the work of Partnership for Change from one of the members of the coalition and was interested. I not only work in the area covered by PFC, I am also a resident of one of the communities. Prevention and education efforts are important to me for personal and professional reasons. I work at an alcohol and drug addiction treatment center, and I see what happens to kids who experiment, use and then develop addictions as a result. After attending a couple of coalition meetings, I decided to join the steering committee to help support the important work of PFC.

C: I have been working in the behavioral health field for many years. My new role at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation led me to this fabulous organization called Partnership for Change. Not only am I passionate about working with the community in helping reduce alcohol and drug abuse among the teenage population, but I am a resident of Maple Grove and want to help in making it a safe and healthy place to raise families.

What PFC accomplishment are you particularly proud of?

J: I think PFC has done a lot of fantastic things, but I had a lot of fun working on the planning committee for the spring campaign for the 2014/2015 school year. The messaging and buzz created for the campaign come at an important time of the school year with proms and graduations, and it is nice to get the word out when students need it most.

C: The spring campaign, #DayAfterToday. My daughter was a Senior at Maple Grove Senior High during this, which made it even more meaningful.

What is one tip you have for parents/caring adults?

J: Know what your kids are doing on their cell phones and who they are communicating with. Students use technology in almost every scenario to discuss where a party will be, or how to get pills, or where they can buy some pot. If you know what apps they are using, and how they are using them, you will be a step ahead of your son or daughter.

C: Surround yourself with people that have some of the same morals, are positive, and have the same interests in creating a positive, healthy, and loving environment for their children. When parents team up together, there is power in numbers! Parents can be a strong, healthy, and positive role models, making kids feel safe.


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